How do I create a subdivision?
What is a Subdivision?
A subdivision is described in the Ohio Revised Code (711.001) as any of the
(No plat approval required (lot split))
a.) The division of any parcel of land shown as a
unit or as contiguous on the last preceding
- into 2 or more parcels, sites, or lots;
- any one of which is less than 5 acres;
- for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of transfer of
- along an existing public street, not involving the opening, widening
or extension of any street or road;
- up to four per year from an original tract or five if all land has
- see additional information under Lot
(Plat approval required)
b.) The improvement of one or more parcels of land for residential,
commercial, or industrial structures or groups of structures involving the
division or allocation of land for the opening, widening, or extension of
any street or streets.
c.) The division or allocation of land as:
- open spaces for common use by owner, occupants or lease holders; or
- easements for the extension and maintenance of public sewer,
water, storm drainage or other public facilities.
The subdivision of land within Delaware County is reviewed by the DCRPC as
well as many other county agencies in order to ensure that the public
health, safety and welfare are protected. The review consists of
external factors such as water supply and sewer capacity, as well as the
internal design (safe street patterns and proper drainage). The process also
ensures there is public record of the lots or parcels created in the county
are the rules?
When subdividing land, standards for improvements and platting are
prescribed by the Delaware County Subdivision Regulations for all land in
The subdivision regulations help the land owner understand the following:
type of subdivision they are planning
Necessary information and materials
process to follow in order to finalize the plan
From small property divisions to large tract divisions, the regulations
provide guidance to the public for accomplishing their goals while meeting
the DCRPC’s standards. (For more info see Subdivision
What is the Cost?
Costs vary depending on the size of the project. Generally, the more lots
created, the higher the cost. The fees charged by the DCRPC are found in
Schedule. The schedule does not include surveyor or engineer costs.
Where do I start?
It is advisable to contact an attorney and/or surveyor. It is also advisable
to discuss the project with your
township zoning officer and DCRPC
How long does it take?
Minor (No-Plat, maximum 5 lots) subdivisions can be approved in 7 business days.
Major subdivisions typically require a minimum of 60-90 days, depending on
the nature of the project and the level of improvements. No plat
subdivisions are exempt from a public hearing and approval of the full Regional
Platted subdivisions must submit a sketch
plan (site review), preliminary
plan, and final
plat. The staff makes recommendations to the members of the RPC at both
Preliminary Plan phase and Final Plat approval.
More information for the timeline of the various subdivision types
can be found in Section 200 Subdivision
Regulations. DCRPC application forms may be downloaded HERE.